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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: February 3, 1999

Labor Conference at CSUS

A major address on the state of the nation's schools by Richard Riley, secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will be shown via satellite at California State University, Sacramento's Library room 11 at 11 a.m.,
Feb. 16.

Riley will discuss the critical role of teachers in preparing students and the need to recruit more than 2.2 million teachers during the next decade. About 300,000 are needed in California alone, and most of them will be educated at CSU institutions.

Riley will also talk about efforts to raise educational standards, the need to build and modernize schools, the importance of going to college, the increased availability of federal financial aid, and other educational issues.

"California is seriously looking for ways to tackle some of the most challenging issues facing public education today," Riley said. "With its growing student enrollment, California will continue to need innovative solutions to address school overcrowding and modernization, teacher recruitment and preparation, and cultural diversity in classrooms while making sure all students learn to read and reach for high standards."

In attendance at the CSUS simulcast will be Peggy Kerns, deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Education.

Following the event, there will be a panel discussion featuring County Teacher of the Year Taffy Maurer of Rio Linda School District's Madison Elementary School, Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Dave Gordon, Tracy Unified School District Superintendent Keith Larick and Sacramento County Schools Superintendent Dave Meany.

More information is available at 278-5088.


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